The first rollers with the latest Ford Mustang Mac-E were AED at the Werebrook dockyard. 32,000 copies of Ford’s first 100% electric car will be delivered to European territory by 2021 via the port of Antwerp.
It moves to the terminal of the Antwerp EuroDerminal (AET). The first batch of the latest Ford Mustang Mac-E came to AED Wharf earlier this year, but the partnership is now gaining momentum.
Vehicles are sent weekly to the port of Antwerp, from Veracruz, Mexico’s largest port city. AED signed a contract with Ford in November 2020 to handle about 32,000 vehicles a year. It is an option on 64,000 vehicles with a two-year contract extension. “We discussed the project with Ford throughout the year. In the fall, the range of scales became clear to us and we began to change very quickly to realize the required infrastructure,” said Glass Van Goss, AET’s Sales and Human Resources Manager. .
The Italian Grimaldi Group’s Ro-Ro ship ‘Grande Houston’ unloaded the first load of about 1,150 vehicles. Every week, 1,000 to 1,500 people come to AET.
“While we were generally a purely logistics connection, we now offer added value,” says Van Case. “We have installed a charging infrastructure for the batteries to be charged and the cars to be washed and subjected to final quality control.”
“AED staff are specially trained on how to handle electric batteries and how to follow proper procedures,” he continues.
Currently, 5,000 units are temporarily stored on the AET site. Trucks are further transported to Europe by ship, lighter or truck. The first batch has already left for Norway, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. On May 31, the Mustang Mac-E will be officially unveiled at Ford dealers and Grand Duchy in Belgium.
Watch the official launch video of the Ford Mustang Mac-E via Antwerp Harbor here.